MARK the dates in your diary now! Bay Days is back and promising its most radical and diverse line-up yet with metal acts InMe and Never Means Maybe the stand-out names in an exciting list of bands announced for the event.
The annual extravaganza at the Golden Fleece pub in Chelmsford now extends to three days, July 27-29, with a mixture of bands, comedy, acoustic acts and a few surprises promised along the way as well.
Brentwood hard rockers InMe headline the Sunday of the event and with a global following, chart success and plenty of local support, they're bound to draw a big crowd to this ever-popular event.
Things get started on the evening of Friday, July 27 with a headline set from Essex ska supremos New Town Kings and support from another top ska band, The Jellycats, ukulele mischief-makers Creme de Chevre and acoustic sets from Held By Horses and US blues man Clifton Williams.
On Saturday, there'll be acoustic and comedy acts in the afternoon and then the evening line-up includes a mixture of metal and punk pop bands including Shadows Chasing Ghosts, The Hype Theory, Who's Driving? Bear's Driving!, Earthmass, The Conflict Within, Fathoms and Devil May Rise.
Sunday starts off with acoustic acts too in the afternoon then it gets seriously heavy with explosive sets from InMe, Never Means Maybe, Fearless Vampire Killers and Lions Fire while Jon "Rage Against The X Factor" Morter will be DJing in between the live music.
Lloyd Rust of Bay Days said: "I'm stoked about the line-up we've got this year, I think we've got a fantastic range of bands. Bay Days is a great chance to see bands but it's also three days of fun. It's in a pub but it feels like a proper festival."
Lloyd says the festival is all about having the best time possible and challenging it to be bigger and better each year.
"If the bands are excited about playing, the gig-goers are excited and we're excited. There's a tangible air of electricity when that happens.
"I've got faith in all the bands we've booked. I'd say to people they should get here early because it's not just about the headline acts, it's about all the bands that are playing – and it gets so busy that we have to turn people away sometimes.
"So I'd say come along, enjoy the music and support the bands."
As well as an exciting and varied weekend of music, Lloyd says there'll be comedy acts and some surprises too, so look out for other announcements on what's going on at Bay Days in the coming weeks.
Returning for this year's event is the infamous Bay Day Bomber, the special beer made for the festival by Brentwood Brewing Company, as well as the Star Troopers, uniformed warriors from a galaxy far, far away.
Another important part of Bay Days is the charitable element with proceeds from the event going to Essex Air Ambulance, as has been the case in previous years, so you can have a good time knowing you're helping a really good cause.
"All we want is for people to enjoy it. It's three days of fun and a great chance to see some of the best bands around," Lloyd says.
Look out for more announcements in coming weeks on the Bay Days Facebook page